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Old 05-20-2019, 04:14 PM   #11
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Forget it... Get BTooth speaker and never look back.
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Those look like they should be great! When I did mine I used a 5 or 6 inch hole saw, I forget which. It made a nice clean and perfect circle cutout. I didn't want to use the center pilot bit on the hole saw though, so I first used the hole saw to cut a hole in a scrap piece of plywood and held it against the ceiling as a guide for the hole saw. worked great and was really fast.


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I thought about a hole saw, but have a jigsaw already. Plus a hole saw uses a 1/4" pilot and the hole for the existing speakers is about an inch or so. I imagine I could use a hole saw and move the pilot over a bit from the existing hole. I rented a 4" hole saw from the local Ace Hardware when I drilled the hole for the B&W turnover ball in my last Ram. I may see if they have the size I need for this. It sure would be easier than a jigsaw.
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Honestly, I don't see any advantage with Bluetooth since the wiring is already there for the speakers. The head unit in the RV has BT and my phone is sync'd to that.
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I thought about a hole saw, but have a jigsaw already. Plus a hole saw uses a 1/4" pilot and the hole for the existing speakers is about an inch or so. I imagine I could use a hole saw and move the pilot over a bit from the existing hole. I rented a 4" hole saw from the local Ace Hardware when I drilled the hole for the B&W turnover ball in my last Ram. I may see if they have the size I need for this. It sure would be easier than a jigsaw.

I think I got my 5" hole saw for under $20 on Amazon but I had use for it more than just the speaker holes. I know what you mean about the 1/4" pilot and the hole already there from the old speaker. The way around that is to take a scrap piece of wood, like 1/2" plywood and make a hole with the hole saw in that first. That way you can remove the pilot bit, hold the board with the hole in it firmly against the ceiling and use the hole in the board as a guide for the hole saw. Plus, without the pilot bit, you don't have to worry about going too deep and hitting the roof.


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Old 05-20-2019, 07:32 PM   #15
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I think I got my 5" hole saw for under $20 on Amazon but I had use for it more than just the speaker holes. I know what you mean about the 1/4" pilot and the hole already there from the old speaker. The way around that is to take a scrap piece of wood, like 1/2" plywood and make a hole with the hole saw in that first. That way you can remove the pilot bit, hold the board with the hole in it firmly against the ceiling and use the hole in the board as a guide for the hole saw. Plus, without the pilot bit, you don't have to worry about going too deep and hitting the roof.


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Wow, that sounds interesting. But man, I would still fear the board moving and wallering around and really scaring up the ceiling. Especially if I'm just holding it up there with one hand, using the drill in my other hand. I suppose I could practice on some osb I have lying around.

Reminds me of when I did my last hole in the turnover ball hitch in my previous Ram. I had a large hole saw in my tool box I thought it was a 4" I bought for my first Ram. I grabbed it, cut the hole, went to install the hitch plate under the bed and the hole was too small! It was a 3 1/2" hole saw that I thought was 4".

So, after a short panic attack, I grabbed the piece that was cut out and carefully tack welded it back into the center of the new hole. Then I went to Ace and rented that 4". With the old piece welded back in, I was able to used the original pilot hole again and cut the 4" hole.
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I think I got my 5" hole saw for under $20 on Amazon but I had use for it more than just the speaker holes. I know what you mean about the 1/4" pilot and the hole already there from the old speaker. The way around that is to take a scrap piece of wood, like 1/2" plywood and make a hole with the hole saw in that first. That way you can remove the pilot bit, hold the board with the hole in it firmly against the ceiling and use the hole in the board as a guide for the hole saw. Plus, without the pilot bit, you don't have to worry about going too deep and hitting the roof.


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Well, I got the Rockford-Fosgates yesterday, and today I went to the local Ace Hardware and picked up a can of Rustoleum 2X semi-gloss white plastic paint to spray the grills and they came out great. Tomorrow the 5.5" holesaw is supposed to be here from Amazon ($20.99) so I will have to get the nerve to cut those big holes. Can't wait for decent speakers to replace those little cubes in there now. Here are the grills I painted. I thought about leaving them black but everything on else the ceiling is white, so.....


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Those look great, Nice job!


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Got all four of them installed yesterday. Besides the sawdust mess in the rig, the install went well. Sound is much fuller than the tinny flush mount 2" cube speakers they replaced. There was plenty of room between the ceiling and roof for them. The IRv3300 head unit is far from a quality unit, but they still sound much better than before and well worth the less than $100 I have into them, including buying the hole saw. Being painted white, they look factory which was my goal...

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Got all four of them installed yesterday. Besides the sawdust mess in the rig, the install went well. Sound is much fuller than the tinny flush mount 2" cube speakers they replaced. There was plenty of room between the ceiling and roof for them. The IRv3300 head unit is far from a quality unit, but they still sound much better than before and well worth the less than $100 I have into them, including buying the hole saw. Being painted white, they look factory which was my goal...


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